The Good Shepherd

A Thousand-Year Journey from Psalm 23 to the New Testament
Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
Categories: History, Middle East
4.8 out of 5 stars (47 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"The Lord is my shepherd."

Thus begins the most beloved of all Psalms - and thus begins a thousand-year journey through the Bible. Prophets, apostles, and Jesus himself took up this image from David, reshaping it, developing it, and applying it to their own situations and needs. Kenneth Bailey uses his celebrated insights into Middle Eastern culture, especially his familiarity with Middle Eastern shepherding customs, to bring new light and life to our understanding of this central image of the Christian faith. With each of nine major Old and New Testament passages, Bailey reveals the literary artistry of the biblical writers and summarizes their key theological features. His work is also enriched by his unique access to very early Middle Eastern commentaries on these passages, bringing fresh understanding from within the mind-set of these ancient worlds. The Good Shepherd invites us to experience a rich, biblical feast of ethical, theological, and artistic delights.

©2014 Kenneth E. Bailey. Originally published by InterVarsity Press as The Good Shepherd by Kenneth E. Bailey. (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Thought Provoking

Exceptional Scholarship yet not difficult to follow and understand. An important book for stimulating growth of mind and heart.

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You will never look at the Good Shepherd the same

What did you love best about The Good Shepherd?

It's application to different books of the Bible. Dr. Bailey helps you see inter meaning in the scriptures.

What other book might you compare The Good Shepherd to and why?

Any of Dr. Bailey's books provide you a opportunity to look at scripture through the eyes of those living during that era.

Which scene was your favorite?

This is impossible to answer. I enjoyed every chapter of the book. It enlightens my understanding of the scriptures.

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just what I was looking for

This book is academic, but not boring. Detailed, but not too much. Deep enough to give me new prospective on the good shepherd metaphor in the Bible, but not so much that I lost the valuable context of God's love for us through Jesus. Excellent cultural commentary.

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good but odd presentation

Good book but you need to sit and listen or you will get lost in the analogy.

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From a farmer

I have not herded Sheep but I have farmed for 30 yrs. My background helped me understand where he was coming from. Thank you. I have a Bachelors degree but never took a literature class. The book is studies from several perspectives including literature which I really appreciated.

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Passionately informative

Although I questioned some of the conclusions, this book was both quite informative and passionately read. I I will definitely listen to it again and again.

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Not a good audio book

This could have been done much better. Seemed more like a syllabus than a book. Cameo descriptions were meaningless without visuals.

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Gravitas and glory

An informative educational study of the good shepherd tradition. The final discussion of the relationship between glory and gravitas was especially moving and helpful. Scholarly without being pedantic.

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  • Joan Creamer Moore
  • 05-21-17

Shepherds

I have heard this before and found it very enlightening but have never got to the end of it because I usually listen to audios in bed or when travelling but in this case it was in bed and I fell asleep before the end!!!with my home CD's I can listen again but evidently not with these audios.I cannot seem to get it again.